NIU weekly COVID-19 report: Two new cases reported in past week

DeKALB – On Monday, May 10, Northern Illinois University reported two new cases of COVID-19.

During the week beginning May 10, the college completed 144 surveillance tests, which found one positive case. The school’s positivity rate is 0.7%. No recoveries have been reported.

Beginning Monday, May 3, employees who are not vaccinated and work on campus in housing and residential services, campus dining services, human resource services, the Child Development and Family Center and the Holmes Student Center are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing throughout the summer, according to NIU’s online COVID-19 data tracker.

Students and faculty with in-person classes who are not vaccinated also will be required to participate in surveillance testing. Surveillance testing will be available on a voluntary basis to any NIU student or employee who would like to be regularly tested.

Testing will take place Mondays and Thursdays. NIU’s campus COVID-19 dashboard will be updated every Monday.

Since NIU began COVID-19 surveillance tests Sept. 2, the university has conducted 36,832 surveillance tests, which found 381 positive cases in students and a positivity rate of 1.0%, and 262 students were reported to be undertaking quarantine and isolation measures. The total number of positive cases recorded so far stands at 907 students and 101 employees.

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.